Censeo Consulting Group at a Glance


  • "Telecommuting."
  • "My colleagues are smart and hard-working individuals."
  • "The people and the challenging but supportive environment."


  • "Growing pains and paternalism."
  • "Limited name recognition."
  • "Hours, detail to perfection, government focus."

The Buzz

  • "Government work."
  • "Elite among boutique firms."
  • "Second or third tier."
  • "Great local model—DC."

About Censeo Consulting Group

Censeo Consulting Group specializes in strategy and operations, with a specific focus on mission driven organizations. The firm tries to break away from the traditional consulting model by using its own business model, one that is based on three main principles: expertise and thought leadership, people and values-driven culture and tangible impact for clients. Censeo works with clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to dramatically improve organizational and operational performance, thereby strengthening their capacity to deliver more for every invested dollar. Depending on the client, this could translate to results from lower student tuition, improved environment, or more resources to create jobs. 

Big fish in a small pond

Censeo Consulting Group has been recognized as one of the top small consulting firms to work for. Despite competing with 70-hour-week Fortune 500 companies, Censeo marches to the beat of its own drum with office culture, limiting working hours to prevent employee burnout. The consulting world has taken notice, with accolades from The Wall Street Journal and Consulting magazine for being a great "small firm" to work for. But the real proof is in the pudding: many of its principals and managing directors come from the giants of the consulting field: companies like Bain, McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, and more. 

People first

It is no accident that Censeo has been honored as a great place to work. These distinctions are proof that the firm is following its people-focused consulting model, with "people" referring both to its clients and employees. The firm shifts attention to employees by taking on exciting, intellectually challenging projects, encouraging creativity and initiative, offering flexible career paths, limiting travel, keeping reasonable hours, allowing consultants to work where they choose and, of course, by offering competitive salaries and benefits. The firm is convinced that this approach will lead to both happier and more productive employees. 

One key to the firm's happy and healthy employees is its willingness not only to limit travel, but also to allow employees to work from home. All of Censeo's employees have the option to work remotely and flexible schedules are an option for all staff members. 


June 2015

Censeo Named a Top Workplace by the Washington Post

The Washington Post placed Censeo Consulting Group in the top 25 small business workplaces in the DC Metro area. They highlighted Censeo's mission-focused work and its significant, tangible impact on clients, and the "great environment" and culture at Censeo. 

Read the full profile here. 

May 2015 

Censeo Director Named to Consulting Magazine's Prestigious Top 25 Consultants List

Mark Finlan, a Managing Director and the leader of the Higher Education Practice at Censeo Consulting Group, was recognized as one of the top 25 consultants in the nation this year. Placed in the "Excellence in Leadership" category, Finlan was recognized for "helping people," including his clients and the populations they serve in addition to his strong mentorship role at Censeo. 

Read the full article here. 

March 2015 

Censeo Principal Selected by Consulting Magazine as a Rising Star of the Profession

Jonathan Selter, a Principal at Censeo Consulting Group, was named as one of the top 35 consultants under 35 on Consulting Magazine's annual list. Chosen in the "Excellence in Public Sector" category, the magazine explained that Selter has "been a pioneer across multiple major transformations in the public sector." Selter noted, though, that "the dedication and talent of my teams has been crucial to the success of every project I have worked on." 

Read the full article here. 

January 2015 

Censeo Named a Top Consulting Firm by Ivy Exec

Censeo Consulting Group was ranked as the number three boutique firm and number four firm overall in Ivy Exec's list of top consulting firms. Censeo also came in at number one in leadership, number one in culture, and number two in work. 

Read the full assessment here. 

November 2014 

Censeo Consulting Group Wins Award for Pro Bono Work

Consulting magazine presented Censeo Consulting Group with an "Excellence in Social and Community Investment" award for its partnership with Higher Achievement, who provides rigorous, year-round learning opportunities to young people from at-risk communities, giving them the best opportunity to succeed in school, and in life. Censeo has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in pro bono work, and several Censeo employees serve as mentors in Higher Achievement's after school program. Higher Achievement's CEO, Lynsey Wood Jeffries, noted, "I've worked with a lot of firms throughout my 14 years at Higher Achievement, and for us this relationship with Censeo is transformational, not transactional." 

Read the full article here.

October 2014 

Censeo Featured by Working Mother Magazine for Flexible Work Policies

As part of their celebration of National Flex Day, Working Mother highlighted moms whose companies have policies that enable them to work flexibly. Julia Zick, an Associate at Censeo Consulting Group, was showcased for her ability to work reduced hours and to telecommute. Read the full article here.

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Censeo Consulting Group

1331 H Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 296-0601
Fax: (877) 514-4419


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Founder & CEO: Raj Sharma
  • 2015 Employees: 60

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  • Major Departments & Practices
    CIO Advisory Services
    Higher Education
    Organizational and Operational Effectiveness
    Planning and Measurement
    Sourcing and Procurement

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, D.C. (HQ)

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